News Line for Fayetteville

Fayetteville may back loan to buy store on courthouse square
The April 17 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will include a proposal that the city back a loan for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to purchase a building on the courthouse square for re-sale and to discuss City Manager Joe Morton’s request that he step down from the board of the Fayette County Development Authority.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council may be split on county’s proposal to take over city fire department
The members of the Fayetteville City Council joined with four of the five Fayette County commissioners on April 9 for a public presentation of the proposed consolidation of the Fayetteville Fire Department with Fayette County’s Fire and Emergency Services.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville’s new gas pump max: 12
A unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council on April 3 will increase the number of gas pumps allowed at service stations and convenience stores
Source: Fayette Citizen

GMC to open junior college campus near Pinewood Studios by summer 2015
Georgia Military College announced April 11 it intends to locate a new campus in Fayetteville, Ga., in anticipation of population growth in that area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayette presses Fayetteville for fire dept. consolidation
A proposal to consolidate the Fayetteville and Fayette County fire departments is being floated again by county officials.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Pinewood Studios will pay reduced taxes for 20 years
While various local officials have been enthusiastic about the projected financial impact of the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in central Fayette County, many among the public may have been unaware that the big development received a significant property tax break bestowed by the Fayette County Development Authority.
Source: Fayette Citizen

210 luxury concierge apartments for Fayetteville?
The evolution of Fayetteville began last year with the initial construction of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and continued early this year with the first dozen vendor companies locating here to support the film industry.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville gets a movie role; traffic halts
Motorists traveling through Fayetteville should expect sporadic traffic delays as Hollywood comes to town.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville ditches permits for movie sets
A zoning amendment adopted March 20 by the Fayetteville City Council will enable movie and television crews to set up temporary set designs and backdrops used in filming without having to obtain a building permit.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Police seek national re-accreditation
On Sunday, March 30, 2014, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Fayetteville for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve national accreditation.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council prepares to ease permitting path for Pinewood
It may have been a housekeeping item, but the first reading of a zoning amendment dealing with building and environmental permitting will provide for back lot productions at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

‘Seaside on steroids’ next to Pinewood Atlanta Studios?
The Fayetteville City Council at its Feb. 25 retreat got a glimpse of what could be the future of approximately 200 acres adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Service delivery for West Fayetteville studied
The Fayetteville City Council retreat held Feb. 25 included a number of topics related to the recently annexed West Fayetteville area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Fire Dept. consolidation eyed - again
The idea of consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with the Fayette County Fire Dept. is back for the second time in two years.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Diverging diamonds suggested to improve Fayetteville traffic
Whether at noon on weekdays or anytime in the afternoon through rush hour, motorists traveling through downtown Fayetteville are accustomed to traffic that backs up in all four directions.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City revamps ethics rules, ditches citizen involvement
By unanimous vote, the Peachtree City Council approved sweeping changes to its ethics ordinance Feb. 20, including the replacement of a citizen ethics board with an attorney from outside the city who would sit in judgment of specific complaints as a “hearing officer.”
Source: Fayette Citizen

‘Urban’ zones planned for West Fayetteville
The annexation last fall of 1,200 acres on Fayetteville’s west side was followed by an initial look at the potential for a new way of zoning the large acreage that surrounds Piedmont Fayette Hospital and extends to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios property to the north.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council hears upbeat financial report at retreat
Fayetteville, Fayette County’s commercial center, during the years of the recession suffered more than any municipality in the county. A report from the city’s finance staff at the City Council retreat held Tuesday signaled that the severe financial hit may be coming to an end.
Source: Fayette Citizen

At retreat, Fayetteville Council to eye Pinewood services
The Fayetteville City Council will hold its annual retreat on Feb. 25. Among the many items on the agenda for the all-day meeting are a downtown traffic analysis, service delivery in west Fayetteville, the West Fayetteville Master Plan, ideas on marketing Fayetteville and the proposed pedestrian bridge over Ga. Highway 54 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville to sign streetlight pact?
An intergovernmental agreement between Fayetteville and the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) for lighting for the upcoming streetscape project that will add sidewalks and other features to both sides of Stonewall Avenue from Braxton Court to Ga. Highway 85 will be up for a vote Feb. 20 by the Fayetteville City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville watershed changes mean bigger drain pipes, deeper ponds
The Feb. 6 vote by the Fayetteville City Council to create the Pye Lake Southern Tributary Special Watershed District was unanimous. The new ordinance will mean potentially more on-site stormwater storage, as needed, for future development.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville progresses on westside sewer construction
Work on the installation of Fayetteville’s sewer lines from the area of Ga. Highway 54 just east of Piedmont Fayette Hospital to the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios property is ongoing and, despite bouts of inclement weather, is expected to be completed in 30-45 days.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Pye Lake watershed district up for Fayetteville Council vote
Concerns with future stormwater runoff on the south side of Pye Lake could have a resolution Feb. 6 when the Fayetteville City Council considers establishing the Pye Lake Southern Tributary Special Watershed District.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville vote for Pye Lake watershed?
The Fayetteville City Council on Jan. 16 took the first step in establishing a watershed district on the south side of Pye Lake designed to help resolve issues with future stormwater runoff.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville may hike hotel-motel tax
Fayetteville is looking at mimicking other Georgia cities by increasing the tax on hotel and motel rooms up to 8 percent compared to the current 5 percent rate. The measure will have to receive approval from the Ga. General Assembly before the increase can be considered.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council may create Pye Lake watershed area
The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday will consider establishing a watershed district on the south side of Pye Lake to help resolve issues with increasing stormwater runoff.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Brick sidewalks for Stonewall Avenue
A federally-funded streetscape project designed to make downtown Fayetteville more accessible to pedestrians along Stonewall Avenue was approved last week by the Fayetteville City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Dogs 1, neighbors 0
The idea of imposing additional restrictions on animal shelters and commercial kennels went by the wayside Jan. 2 when the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to eliminate proposed measures related to the number of dogs at a facility and other requirements such as the use of noise abatement materials.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville's Dell reflects on his quarter century of governing
Fayetteville City Councilman Larry Dell has ended a quarter-century in elected office.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Fayetteville addresses barking dogs Jan. 2
The new year in Fayetteville could go off with a bang at the Thursday night meeting of the City Council.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Departments adopt open roads policy
A policy adopted by state agencies more than two years ago is finally making its way to city and county traffic enforcement agencies in Georgia.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Councilman Walt White retires after 25 years
It has been 25 years since Fayetteville City Councilman Walt White was sworn in for the first time.
Source: Fayette Citizen

With growth coming, Fayetteville at 88% buildout
Fayetteville is home to the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios and the incremental yet steady number of new jobs it will bring. But currently at 88 percent residential build-out, the city has a limited number of residential parcels to accommodate the expected growth in its pre-annexation areas.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council referees dog feud
Everybody loves dogs and no one wants them to suffer. But when it comes to an ordinance amendment that would place new criteria on commercial kennels and animal shelters, the Fayetteville City Council appears to be between a rock and a very hard place.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Horse lover presses Fayetteville for animal protection law
The Fayetteville City Council on Dec. 5 heard a different type of presentation, one that asked for council members to support the attempt to have state legislation called “Liberty’s Law” adopted.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Barking dogs bring tighter Fayetteville rules
The Fayetteville City Council got its turn at a perennial problem that has dogged local governments across the country for decades: Barking dogs and upset neighbors.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville appoints its 1st homegrown chief in 25 years
Scott Pitts last week became Fayetteville’s police chief after serving since April in an interim capacity. Pitts brings with him a management philosophy that promotes ownership of the department by every officer.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council to try again to ratify TAD plan
The resolution to adopt the Fayetteville Tax Allocation District (TAD) redevelopment plan designed to stimulate economic development in some of the city’s older and failing commercial areas will be back on the agenda Thursday night.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville OKs revised sewer hook-on fees for newly annexed areas
The Fayetteville City Council on Oct. 17 unanimously approved a sewer proportionate fee schedule for the new sewer lines soon to be installed on the city’s west side to serve Pinewood Atlanta Studios and future projects included in portions of the 1,200 acres annexed in September.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville TAD delayed, will be readvertised
The Fayetteville Tax Allocation District (TAD) redevelopment plan designed to stimulate economic development in some of the city’s older commercial areas was back on the Oct. 17 agenda after being tabled earlier this month.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Grady Ave. developer told: ‘No apartments’
Developers for the proposed mixed residential development on Grady Avenue in Fayetteville were expected to ask the City Council on Oct. 17 to agree to have the potential development return for a full review by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Source: Fayette Citizen